UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center's volunteer team is made up of men and women from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds, high school and college students, retirees, transitioning adults and working professionals. Some volunteers hope to explore a career in the health sciences, some wish to improve or develop skills to help them find employment, others hope to expand their horizons and meet new people. All have a desire to make a productive contribution to those who can use their help and receive the satisfaction of knowing they are needed.
The greatest strength of volunteer services lies in its philosophical approach to volunteerism. The volunteer is accepted as a member of the health care team at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Volunteers, guided by our philosophy, play an important role in patient care by giving psychosocial support, participating in patient care and healing, and assisting hospital staff in ways that free the staff for more critical duties.
Building on the traditional concept of care and service, the new dimension of professionalism has established the volunteer as having a well defined, responsible role; being a well-trained support person; and "receiving" as well as "giving" from their donated time and abilities.
Volunteer Services of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center serves the patients, families, volunteers, staff and community of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and complements the hospital's health care delivery system by providing unique and innovative services and opportunities.
Volunteers work an average of four hours each week for a minimum period of three to six months, depending on the assignment. Because staff rely on volunteers, as they would any other member of their team, volunteers are expected to honor their commitment and inform their departmental supervisor of absences for illness or vacation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a volunteer for UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center?
If you are interested to become a volunteer for UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, please call Patti Robinson at (916) 734-0823 to schedule an initial phone interview. The interview normally takes 20 to 30 minutes.
How to complete the application process?
Once you identify two or three areas in which you'd be interested in volunteering and complete the application form to volunteer services, you will receive a letter from the Volunteer Services Department to schedule you for the next mandatory information session. The information sessions are held once a month, usually mid-week in the late afternoon. For high school students between the ages of 16 and 18, we have a different volunteer program. If you are interested in this program, please call (916) 734-2401 for more information.
What is the mandatory information session about?
At the information session you will receive information about UC Davis Medical Center volunteer requirements, infection control, universal precautions, confidentiality, hospital codes, medical legal guidelines and fire safety. Your photograph will also be taken for your volunteer ID badge. UC Davis Medical Center recognizes the importance of providing a safe environment for patients, visitors, volunteers and employees. To ensure safety for all, UC Davis Medical Center is requiring background checks for all volunteers and employees.
How is my volunteer placement decided?
At the conclusion of the information session, you will be given an opportunity to sign up for a placement. It is very helpful to be aware of your scheduling conflicts. Volunteer placements require a regular block of time every week. Please be aware that a few volunteer areas have waiting lists averaging two months. At the conclusion of the information session, you are not ready to choose a placement, we will schedule an appointment with you to answer any further questions you have.
How often do I have to volunteer?
The minimum requirement is four hours once a week for four months. Some of our departments require a minimum of six months. One or two areas ask for eight hours a week. Our hope is that you will continue beyond the minimum commitment.
What happens when I miss a week or two?
We appreciate the time you put into volunteering and understand everyone will occasionally be sick, go on vacation, or have an emergency. It is necessary, however, to inform the volunteer supervisor at your placement area.
What are the minimum requirements to volunteer?
- See, hear and speak English well enough to satisfactorily converse with patients, visitors and hospital staff.
- See well enough to visually assess a patient's condition or to read written material.
- Possess strength and stamina to remain active for extended periods of time and to be able to move a distance between buildings.
- Must be able to safely lift 25 pounds and assist in movement of patients and supplies.
- Body strength and mobility to assist in turning and moving a bed-fast patient and to transport patients in wheelchairs.
Areas of Special Need
- Childhood Cancer Resource Center
- Cancer Center Greeting Card Project
If you have questions about volunteering, please write to Patti Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 734-0823.